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A Reflection from Mother Gabriella about her life profession on Nov. 8
A couple months ago, a priest-friend of mine joked about my upcoming life profession, saying, “Your name is going to be Mother soon! I am going to call you ‘Mom’ – and I’m coming to YOU for spiritual direction!” Thankfully he was only kidding, but his words did strike a chord in my heart. It was true! Soon I would be making my life profession and setting aside biological motherhood to fully embrace my vocation as a nun and spiritual mother of priests and of souls.
The more I reflected on spiritual motherhood, the more I felt confident that it was intimately connected with two other realities in my life – being a daughter of God the Father and a Bride of Christ. I realized that I could not give myself fully to Christ without a deep knowledge of the Father’s love for me and that I would have no love to offer Jesus as my Spouse if I had not first received the love of the Father. The gift of spiritual motherhood really seemed to flow from my relationship with the Father and my union with Christ as His Bride, and from this communion, I sensed a great potential for fruitfulness.
|With her Goddaughter, Grace|
The rest of the evening was incredibly blessed, from the greeting line in the church to the beautiful reception where so many of our family and friends gathered to celebrate our profession. As the evening came to a close, I had an opportunity to talk with some of my dear friends, a married couple, who had approached me with a question. They have been married for several years and had trouble conceiving, but through God’s grace they are preparing to give birth to a boy early next year. We stepped to the side and they took the opportunity to ask if I would be the godmother of their little boy! My heart was elated! Due to community constraints, I am not able to be the official godmother, but I assured them that I would be honored to be his spiritual godmother. Then suddenly my eyes filled with tears – Jesus had shown me the fruit of our union! This little boy, who had been conceived through much prayer and patience, was now conceived in my heart on my profession day! I had a spiritual son! Just as surely as I knew I was espoused to Christ, I knew that this little one was His gift to me. God is never outdone in generosity. Thanks be to God for the gift of my vocation and spiritual motherhood!